PREVENT COLON CANCER NOW

Posted by San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates on 2/8/2018

“An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure” declares a traditional saying, and this is never truer than in the case of your health. It’s particularly true in the fight against colon cancer, where screening and early preventive measures such as the removal of polyps are the best weapons.

Colon cancer is one of the top three deadliest cancers in the United States, but with early detection and treatment, 90 percent are cured. Yet surprisingly, many people aren’t up to date with their colonoscopies and don’t book their first one until age 57 – even though the recommended age for a first-time screening is 50 (45 for African Americans). Screening is recommended even earlier if you have a personal or family history of polyps or colon cancer.

Don’t delay. A screening colonoscopy is covered by most insurance plans and the whole process is less than 24 hours of your time. Delaying your colon cancer screening could cost you your life.

A colonoscopy can fit into your budget if you book it at an independent ambulatory surgery center. These centers can offer:

-Colonoscopies that typically cost a fraction of the fee charged by hospitals and hospital-affiliated surgery centers.

-Colonoscopies that include preventive measures, such as the early removal of polyps (clumps of cells that may be benign but   have the potential to become cancerous).

San Antonio Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Centers also offer:

-Convenience, with accessible curbside parking and convenient drop-off and pickup areas.

-Cash payment options and payment plans to suit your financial circumstances.

-Industry-leading safety certifications.

-Efficient, thorough colonoscopies that usually take just 2-3 hours, allowing you to get on with your day.

-Fellowship-trained and board-certified gastroenterologists, all with a high ADR (adenoma detection rate) that exceeds the national standard. The ADR is the percentage of patients whose cancerous polyps were successfully identified and removed by the physician performing the colonoscopy.

-Experienced medical support staff who specialize in gastroenterology procedures.

-Personalized care.

Remember, a colonoscopy performed by a fellowship-trained gastroenterologist is the only colon cancer screening method that both prevents and detects colon cancer.